Changing Lives. Changing the World.


Embracing the example of Jesus, we welcome you here with hearts
that know no boundaries of age, race, gender, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, ability, or economic circumstance. 

Church is not cancelled!

As Christ followers we care for one another, our communities, and the world. While we are staying home and staying safe, we are continuing to worship, connect, and care online. Our Sunday worship services are live streamed and archived. Existing Journey Groups (adult small groups) are continuing to meet and new ones are forming. Youth and Young Adults are meeting online and faith formation resources are being provided for children and families. In addition, Amplify Media is now available, providing members and friends access to digital faith formation resources for all ages.

If you would like to support relief efforts for the flood victims in Midland, Michigan you can donate to UMCOR by:
  • Donating online here and designating your gift as UMCOR
  • By a check payable to Birmingham First and designated as UMCOR
  • Text XXX UMCOR to 248-368-0033 where XXX is the dollar amount without a dollar sign (example 50 UMCOR).
Join us for an online Pentecost coffee hour after worship on May 31. 

Click Here to join at 10 a.m. on Sunday

Meeting ID: 829 4272 9724


Livestream Service Times

Worship in the Sanctuary – 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Worship in the Christian Life Center – 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Berkley First Worship – 10:00 Sunday

All services are archived and available for viewing at any time.

Parent Resources – Sunday School – Kid’s Worship

We continue to be in ministry supporting faith formation for children and families.  All are invited to access our resources and we encourage them to be shared. Join us online for devotions, chapel, family challenges, and Sunday school.

Giving and Receiving Help
Do you need assistance?
Would you like to volunteer?

Are you available to help? Send an email to let us know how you would like to help others in our community.

You can now submit prayer requests online.
We also offer many devotion resources.

Do you know someone in the healthcare profession who we should be praying for?

Connection, caring, and community are critical in these days. We invite you to participate in our small groups that are meeting online – existing groups and new ones that are forming. You do not need to be a member of our congregation to join a group. If you have questions about any of our groups, reach out to the leaders and they will extend a welcome to you.

We continue to meet with our youth.

Our young adults continue to meet. 

New Faith Formation Resource


Amplify is a new streaming content service that Birmingham and Berkley First are making available to members and friends. Bible studies, videos featuring leading authors, content for children: Amplify puts a wealth of faith formation resources at your fingertips!  And, it is free to you through our congregation’s channel.

Enjoy Music During the Week

Spotify Playlists

Check out the new Berkley and Birmingham First playlist on Spotify!  These are songs performed in recent services and upcoming songs.  Put this on in the background and enjoy some of our favorite worship songs throughout the week. Listen here. 

Meeting Online

How you can join us online

To allow us to meet online, we are using Zoom, a cloud platform for live video and audio conferencing. You can access the live events on your mobile phone, tablet or desktop. Take a look at the video on how to use Zoom and join us online in one of our many journey groups or events below. 

If you would like to just call in on your phone – Audio only – No Video
Please dial either 312-626-6799 or 929-205-6099 and, when prompted, enter your Meeting ID which is listed next to your group information on the Journey Group page

While we are following public health guidelines to work from home, we still encourage you to contact us with your thoughts, concerns, and question.  All messages are being routed to the appropriate staff members and clergy from our main office phone and email.
Phone 248-646-1200 or Main Office Email –
For email addresses of specific staff, access our staff directory by clicking here.
Our pastor on call phone number is: 248-408-0038. On evenings and weekends, when you have an urgent need for pastoral care, we encourage you to use this number. The clergy rotate on-call responsibilities to assure that one of them is always accessible.

What's New

Saying Farewell to Lindsey Hall

As you know, Pastor Lindsey has been reassigned as co-pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Brighton, Michigan, effective July 1. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 14 from 11:00 a.m.-12 noon. We have planned a drive-by celebration to honor and celebrate Lindsey and pass on our well wishes to her future ministry. Please decorate your...
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Appointment Announcement – Rev. Rachael Dunlap

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to inform you that Michigan Area Bishop David Alan Bard has appointed The Reverend Rachael M. Dunlap as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Michigan effective July 1, 2020. This is a full-time local pastor appointment. Rev. Dunlap’s primary role will be to serve as our...
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Family First @ Home Worship – May 30

This week’s worship focuses on Fruit of the Spirit, with a short message from Pastor Susie about faithfulness and gentleness.
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Food Drive Success

Food and Supply Drive Results Thank you, thank you! Your generous response to the great needs right now due to COVID-19 was overwhelming. Eight organizations from Flint to Pontiac to Detroit received a van load of food and supplies that they needed. Also thank you to the volunteers who helped sort all of the donations...
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Moving Forward Update

Birmingham and Berkley First Ministry Update May 28, 2020   In mid-March, I don’t think that any of us imagined the impact the COVID-19 pandemic would have on our ministry together. I celebrate the faithfulness of our congregation and how we are being the church, caring for each other, our communities, and a hurting world...
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Family First @ Home Weekly Devotion, May 28

Chaundra Burkett provides the devotion for the this week’s Family First @ Home: The Journey – Faithfulness and Gentleness  
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A Kind Touch Travels Far

Have you ever wondered where a single act of kindness may lead and what lives it may touch? Two letters recently received by our church shed light on just how far a kind touch can travel.
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Fair Trade Products Available Online

Price List and Order Form –  For approximately 15 years, members of Birmingham First have come to rely on their monthly purchases of Equal Exchange coffee, chocolate, teas, and other fair-trade products. Consequently, through the UMCOR-sponsored Equal Exchange, these small farmers have come to rely upon us. Consistently, Birmingham First has been in the top...
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Family First @ Home Worship – May 23

This week’s worship focuses on Fruit of the Spirit, with a short message from Pastor Susie, a body prayer from the Torrey’s and music from Birmingham First children and youth.
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